Family Memory Keeper

Member Sandy Bechtold believes in preserving memories for future generations. Her latest project is a memory keeper cookbook that combines her family tree, favorite recipes, family stories, and newspaper clippings.

Many of the featured recipes include a story or a photo of the family member who declared it a favorite. Grandma Blaine’s Potato Candy is one of those recipes. Every Christmas, Grandma Blaine made all types of candy and boxed it up for each family member. “Opening the box brought us so much joy,” said Sandy.

When Sandy’s son, Mathew was young, she sent a plate of his favorite potato candy with him to school. “One of Mathew’s classmates loved it so much, he licked the plate clean,” recalls Sandy. “Mathew still makes the candy and shares it with his children.”

“I’ve always thought making family recipes keeps the love alive,” said Sandy. “Grandma Blaine would have enjoyed hearing all the memories that were made because of her recipes.”

GRANDMA BLAINE’S POTATO CANDY

Ingredients
1 potato (the size of an egg)
1 box of confectioner’s sugar
Peanut butter

Instructions
Peel and boil potato. When cooked, remove potato from the pan and mash in a bowl with a fork. Add confectioner’s sugar. It will melt at first. Turn into a mixture similar to a pie dough. Sprinkle a little confectioner’s sugar on wax paper; roll out the mixture like a pie dough. Spread with peanut butter and roll up like a jellyroll. Wrap and chill, then slice.